We think "little" is insignificant. Whereas God calls out “little” as substantial. The woman with two mites. The boy with the small lunch. And the church at Philadelphia. All little offerings…that God used in large ways. We will hone in on the Church at Philadelphia to talk about how endurance of a small group of people is of great value in the kingdom of God. Join us for the sixth of seven letters written to the church in Revelation.
The message to the church at Thyatira challenges us with a number of questions: will we be faithful and obedient at the crossroads of culture, politics, and ideas? Will the message of Jesus be compelling enough to make us love one another and is our commitment to him stronger than all other opinions, preferences, affiliations, and loyalties? What are we tolerating that will suffocate our life in Christ?
There is no doubt that we are living in an era where cultural tensions are all around us. This was certainly the case for Christians in the Roman Empire as well as in our world today. In the letter to the Church at Pergamum, Jesus affirms their effort to stay true to him despite the pressure they faced. But He warns them concerning some of the compromises they are making as they try to fit into the culture around them. He gives clear instruction for how to address them and offers a promise...
The power of prayer is not the words we chose. The power of prayer is the God we pray to--the Alpha and Omega. He is God Most High, but He is also God Most Nigh. He is God with us, no matter what. Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus!
There is nothing more personal than a hand written letter. It is a uniquely customized message to you and speaks directly to who you are. In the beginning of the book of Revelation, God speaks directly to the church in seven unique letters. In this sermon we will explore what the text DID mean (to it's original audience) and what the text DOES mean (to us today). From history to background to foundation to application, this podcast will set up the book of revelation as well as the series to...
There never has been and never will be anyone like you. That isn't a testament to you. It's a testament to the God who created you. But what that means is this: no one can volunteer your time, no one can use your talent, no one can give your treasure. Don't let what you cannot do keep you from doing what you can!
God's vision for National Community Church is bigger than ours. Why? Because it's not our church, it's His church. And Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against.” Why would God give us a city block in the nation's capital? Because God wants us to be a bigger blessing to our city!
Our vision is much bigger than simply building a church. Our vision is to bless the city to the third generation. Our vision is to seek the peace and prosperity of the city by loving it and serving it. Our vision is to have such a significant impact that the history of Washington, DC cannot be written without mentioning National Community Church.
Jesus didn't come to make bad people good, but to breathe abundant, eternal life back into all creation. His death and resurrection brings us from shame to salvation, from bondage to liberation, and from exile to restoration.
In the post-truth era, people today are more skeptical of what is real and what is true. Research says that people are looking inward for their truth. But Jesus said, “I am the truth.” He invites both the disciple and the skeptic to try him and see what the evidence suggests.
In a world where we are over scheduled and pressed at the margins, it seems daunting to think about adding another thing. But loving our neighbors and intentionally engaging with those in our path is not “another thing”. It is an intentional way of life that Jesus models for us in the scriptures. This week we'll take a glimpse of what this kind of intentionality looks in the journey of our friends living in a predominantly Central American neighborhood in Alexandria called Chirilagua.
Crossing cultures can be challenging. We must realize that God's love is for everyone. Acknowledge our own biases, fears, and hurts The Scriptures encourages and equips us to cross cultures using the Love of God
When people think of “church” they don't often think of “party” but that's a recurring theme in the gospels, a recurring theme in the parables of Jesus. From day one, our dream for NCC has been that when people miss church they actually miss church. Why? Because that's where the party is at. Throwing better parties is part and parcel of following Jesus.
The first four letters of every testimony is “test”. Once you pass the test, you get a testimony. And once you get it, you need to use it. Why? Because it's not “your” testimony. God is writing His story through your life! Your testimony is your gift to the world.
Jesus summation of the Old Testament law was to love God and love your neighbor. It's sounds like a simple task. But Jesus unpacks the complexity of the truth of what it means to authentically love those around you. And he also redefines our definition of a neighbor. And he challenges us to neighbor in a way that crosses lines, inconveniences our schedules, and forces us to step into the awkward spaces. He does all of this in one parable known as "The Good Samaritan." Join us as we walk...